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    Quote Originally Posted by YourLocalJesus View Post
    Interesting... I wonder if it (the DNA) could be implanted in mammals? What would it result in?
    Monsanto already has scientists working on that. They'll release an untested prototype into the wild next year.
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    I wonder what causes the presence of algal DNA in the slug DNA. Perhaps a mutation of some sort.
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    Pretty darn cool, thanks for the link-up, Risen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    Monsanto already has scientists working on that. They'll release an untested prototype into the wild next year.
    Ha-ha

    Just think of the possibilities, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risen View Post
    This is pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen!

    Thanks for sharing with everybody
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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousFeeling View Post
    I wonder what causes the presence of algal DNA in the slug DNA. Perhaps a mutation of some sort.
    Well that's kind of how evolution works

    It's also possible that the slug and the algae were acting synergistically, and at some point they became completely dependent on each other to the extent that algal DNA was incorporated into the slug's physiological being. Ya know, the whole endosymbiotic theory (mostly referenced when speaking of mitochondria in eukaryotic cells...).

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    what a low maintenance pet. u only feed it once in its entire life. lolz

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    Quote Originally Posted by teslashock View Post
    Well that's kind of how evolution works

    It's also possible that the slug and the algae were acting synergistically, and at some point they became completely dependent on each other to the extent that algal DNA was incorporated into the slug's physiological being. Ya know, the whole endosymbiotic theory (mostly referenced when speaking of mitochondria in eukaryotic cells...).
    That was another hypothesis I had too, despite I think the endosymbiotic theory would apply to the slug/algae combination quite a ways back on the phylogenetic tree. Would be interesting to see what two organisms linked up with each other. It's just a matter of figuring out how they became dependent on each other, assuming that hypothesis is retained. If it's a mutation, then we'd have to compare normal sea slug DNA sequence to the other one.
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    Very interesting.

    Now to find the gene (if it is actually incorporated in the slug's genotype, and not a symbiosis) so that we can implant it in ourselves. That's my dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    Monsanto already has scientists working on that. They'll release an untested prototype into the wild next year.


    frog + plant is the next project. I just worked out what we're doing with those cane toads here in australia.

    ...and on a side note, this futher supports my conclusion that japan doesn't really exist. /intuition
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